Visit buoyed by Spirit of New­found­land

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

I just re­turned home af­ter a most en­joy­able week in St. John’s, some­thing I try to do ev­ery few years. Hav­ing been born in St. John’s, I will al­ways have an affin­ity for the city and its peo­ple, but hav­ing spent 42 years in Canada’s Air Force, lived in all 10 provinces and the N.W.T., the U.S.A. and on two other con­ti­nents, it has been dif­fi­cult to get back “home.”

Be­fore leav­ing Nova Sco­tia for this visit, I went on­line and booked what I thought were tick­ets for my wife and daugh­ter and my­self for a din­ner the­atre at the Spirit of New­found­land in St. John’s. Ar- riv­ing at the lo­cale, how­ever, I was cha­grined to learn that the din­ner was not at that site and the din­ner would start in 35 min­utes.

Four ladies, headed by Me­gan, started to search by tele­phone and on the In­ter­net for the ac­tual lo­ca­tion. When the owner, Peter Hal­ley, ar­rived, he said he was very sym­pa­thetic to our plight and would drive us to wher­ever the din­ner was to be held. Un­for­tu­nately, the lo­ca­tion proved to be Grand Falls, and Peter said we couldn’t make it in time for the din­ner and show. He sub­se­quently called the the­atre owner in Grand Falls and ex­plained the er­ror; that owner was also sym­pa­thetic and agreed to re­fund my money. Peter then of­fered us re­duced rates if we wished to stay and see his show - which we did - and the food and show were mar­vel­lous.

This event proved yet again the qual­ity of New­found­lan­ders and showed the true “Spirit of New­found­land.” Thank you to all of you who saved our evening and made our visit so en­joy­able. We will re­turn. Maj.-Gen. Eric Ian Pa­trick, re­tired, writes from Ayles­ford, N.S.

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